Lercari Palace or Bishop’s Palace is one of the most important buildings in Albano and for centuries it hosted the residence of the cardinal bishop for about six months a year. The palace is known by the name of Palazzo Lercari from the name of the cardinal who in the eighteenth century bought a seventeenth-century casino and transformed it into a splendid palace that at his death was given to the Diocesan Curia. In reality the whole complex is located within the ancient Roman camp and was built on the ruins of the “Piccole Terme” (Small Thermal Bath).
The palace was then further enriched by the cardinal bishop Francesco Scipione Borghese, although it was then stripped by Napoleon’s French army.
Repurchased by the Curia, it was then re-furnished and decorated again.
The palace is characterized by a sumptuous entrance portal, surmounted by a balcony, which leads to an atrium decorated with frescoes and with two niches that house four Roman statues representing Hercules, Meleager, Hygieia and a Satyr.
Here also the great Hungarian composer Franz Liszt stayed and today it is the seat of the diocesan offices and the bishop and a part of it houses the Diocesan Museum.